Picos del Montgo Tempranillo
2009 PICOS DEL MONTGO TEMPRANILLO
It has been said that Tempranillo is Spain’s answer to Cabernet……… Is it true?
Certainly it has the spine for it. It is thick-skinned. It is deeply colored. It often exhibits the profundity and aromas that we associate with Cabernet, like spice, tobacco, olive, herb. But unlike Cabernet, Tempranillo can also have exuberant fruit. The Tempranillo we’ve found is grown in Castilla-La Mancha, the “Spanish Meseta”, in central Spain, at 1650-2300 feet above sea level. This is Spain at its most extreme! Insufferable summers, gruelingly cold winters. For a vine to flourish there it must have grit, character, a strong sense of self. You will find that character in the wine.
About the Region
Castilla de La Mancha is Spain’s largest grape growing region, covering more than 190.000 hectares planted with vines. The region stretches over 12 provinces and is flat with soft hills breaking up the landscape, 500-1.000 meters above sea level.
Calcareous soil that has combined consistency of limestone and clay creates sand and shingle deposit where water can be stored. These soils retain just enough water through the intense heat of summer for the vines to survive and allows for the fruit ripen.
The provinces of La Mancha have dramatic changes in temperature. Summers with insuerable heat and winters with extreme freezes creates a great amount of continual stress on the vines and vineyards.
Montes in spanish not only refers to mountains-hills but also what would be “forest” range. Even though La Mancha is known for being the “Spanish Meseta”- at plains the region is actually divided up in three dierent forest ranges.
One of the three ranges runs through the provinces of Guadalajarra and Cuenca (1.000m above sea level- at the highest). The winery is located in Cuenca.
The forest range in Cuenca has a surface space of about 810.000 hectares which is very large in comparison to other zones, but there is only about 466.651 hectares that is covered by forest vegetation (variation of pine trees). These forest ranges with vineyards planted “amongst” them is an environmental way of protecting the fruit from its natural environment:
With the wine for Picos de los tres Montes- a majority of the 4000 hectares of vineyards are oered protection by Pine and Holm Oak trees. These trees provided protection from the intensity of the summer’s day by oering shelter that the fruit desperately needs to blossom, and ripen into a well balance grape that gives forth excellent quality wine.
Origin: Castille de La Mancha, Spain
Production: 2500 Cases
Aging: Tank-12 Months
Release Date: July 2010
Varietal(s): 90% Tempranillo, 10% Syrah
T.A.: 6.8 g/L pH: 3.3
Brix at Harvest: 24.4 degrees